Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by KamenRiderBlade, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. KamenRiderBlade

    KamenRiderBlade Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    In all of the episodes that I've watched which consists of all of
    TNG, DS9, VOY, & ENT, I've never seen a single screw, nut or bolt, even a rivet in the future.

    Somebody has to make the prototype of the item or part that gets mass replicated. How did they put all the items together in the first place?

    Did they just weld or sodder everything together?

    I'm assuming they must use something to hold all their tools, gadgets, pipes, etc together.

    Any ideas from you fans?
     
  2. King Daniel Beyond

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    There are plenty of nuts and bolts in the Enterprise's enineering section in the 2009 Star Trek movie, and I'm sure I've seen panels being unscrewed in Enterprise, although I can't recall which episodes.

    I guess the 24th century Treks use some magical futuristic... somethingorother... involving waving magical techno-wands....
     
  3. toughlittleship

    toughlittleship Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    DS9 had self-sealing stem bolts.
     
  4. SchwEnt

    SchwEnt Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    cuz it's the future and they've gone beyond contemporary conventional methods.

    i'm no engineer or mechanic, but 200/300 years ago i don't think there were many nuts-bolts-rivets.

    similarly, 200/300 years from now, they will have construction methods unknown today. you know, invention.

    also: yes... self-sealing stem bolts. yes.
     
  5. Sumghai

    Sumghai Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I suspect given the size and shape of the Self-Sealing stem bolt props, they were probably used for major assemblies like starship or starbase components.

    As for smaller items, I presume that because the industrial replicator can fabricate pre-assembled objects with complex part geometries, subcomponents and individual fixtures were deemed unneccessary (unless one wants items such as hand Phasers or tricorders to be repairable)

    Of course, it may just be the producers' and art departments idea of a clean futuristic look by taking out fasteners that would look ostensibly like something out of the 20~21st Centuries.
     
  6. MacLeod

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    As others have said changes in technology
     
  7. jayrath

    jayrath Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    We never saw Kleenex, Tampons or toilets, either, though we all assume the crew had access to such. Why do you ask? Do you find screws, nuts and bolts dramatically compelling?
     
  8. C.E. Evans

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    Nuts, bolts, and screws are so pre-warp...
    :shifty:
     
  9. Sandoval

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    Solder.

    Where do we find these people? Sodder...
     
  10. King Daniel Beyond

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    There's certainly welding...
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYMmLCMAJas[/YT]
     
  11. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

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    A toilet was seen in Trek V.

    Learn more about Toilets in Star Trek.
     
  12. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

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    By the 24th century, Humanity is too evolved to use rivets.

    In the video, they're specifically arc welding.

    :)
     
  13. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Perhaps there still are. Maybe only during Parrises Squares tournaments with the cheerleaders: "Nuts and bolts. Nuts and bolts. We got screwed!" :D
     
  14. KamenRiderBlade

    KamenRiderBlade Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    My bad, I was typing quickly and didn't spell check.
     
  15. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    I doubt it's a word people spell that often. And I don't know how people pronounce it in other countries, but in America the L tends to be silent anyway.
     
  16. scotpens

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    That's because Engineering in the 2009 movie was a brewery. It was a freakin' BREWERY!!!
     
  17. sojourner

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    ^Explains why in TOS Scotty was always getting drunk. He had his own supply.
     
  18. King Daniel Beyond

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    Not sure if you noticed, but in The Next Generation, the warp core was a pot-bellied stove and there was a row of ATM machines in Geordi's office.
     
  19. M'Sharak

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    If there were no bolts, then what was the intended purpose of Ben Finney's crescent wrench?
     
  20. Spock/Uhura Fan

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    I don't know if someone else has already mentioned this, but DS9 has an entire episode where Jake and Nog have some large shipment of some sort of bolts that they sell for land...

    Update: Here we go. I found the episode. It was self-sealing stem bolts.